Suitable ages 5+

Hammer and Thumb have a job to do. Whatever could get in the way? 

When Thumb discovers a stranger living in his jukebox, he invites a friend to lend a helping hand to fix the situation. Enter Hammer. Heavy set and grumpy, Hammer is keen to fix things up straight away. Insisting on a courteous attitude from dextrous, but sometimes demure Thumb, the two embark on a delightful adventure of mishaps and heartache as they endeavour to save the music machine, celebrate the melodies and find shelter for their new-found friend. 

One of Australia’s favourite physical theatre performers Julian Chapple combines his love for salvaged wood and rusty tools with object manipulation and quirky sounds to present a heart-warming solo puppet show filled with mischief and mayhem. 

These clever performers have their own light touch as they remind us to delve into the depths of our imagination.The Adelaide Advertiser 

2018 GREEN ROOM AWARD for BEST PUPPETRY, Life is a Carousel, in collaboration with Magic Lantern Studios and Sanctum Theatre, Melbourne International Festival of Puppetry at La Mama. 

Devised and performed by: Julian Chapple 

Created with support from Vanessa Chapple and Suzanne Kalk 

Puppets & Set by: Julian Chapple 

Photography & graphic design: Julian Chapple  

Music by: Ben Morrizonkle

Image by: Julian Chapple